If you want an overall great car to drive, this is the car for you! I have owned the Evolution for a month now and it has been one of the best months of my life. Performance wise, the engine happily revs up to 7000 RPMS (given you are above 2500 RPMS) and the handling is second to none! Regardless of the weather, this car will make you feel invincible. The interior isn't bad. I've been in cars with better interiors than the Evolution, but by no means is the interior bad. The recaro seats hold you into place very firmly and the seats (in my opinion) are comfortable enough to sit in for a decently long drive (4-6 hours tops). For the price you won't find a better overall car. Looks, performance, and comfort are all traits the Lancer Evolution has. Once you test drive one, you will be hooked and driving it home later that day! So what are you waiting for?? Go and buy yours today!
After driving and owning this vehicle I can say that I will never drive anything but a mitsubishi ever again. This was my 2nd lancer model, I am now on my 3rd (08 GTS). For a stock car its very peppy, easy to drive, and relatively easy to maintain. The AWD system is amazing, shifting is smooth and precise. The interior is comfortable, although I wouldn't recommend it for long trips, but the exterior paint leaves something to be desired. Expect to deal with the occassional rock chip(s) and if you're not careful you'll have to deal with rust.
Actually purchased this vehicle as a first for my teen. Heard and seen much of the Diamante and Galant but not this particular model. Figured it was a lower end of their line due to it's reasonable price. Have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with all it had to offer. Has much of the options one would normally pay extra for in any car, but it's smooth and stable performance for a 4-cylinder on the road is what impressed me most. Only drawbacks I currently see is it's hard seats and foresee difficulty in DIY periodic and required maintenance. All in all however, a QUIET performer�a well kept secret.